10/08/15 278 W, 2 I - + 5 - 5 Raleigh's New Tiller (and Engine)

Raleigh's new tiller is almost here. The 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder, 1500/200/100', arrived at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville on Wednesday. Due in Raleigh next week. Future Ladder 9 and will replace a 2001 Quality/Spartan Gladiator/Aerial Innovations, 1500/300/75'. The tiller accompanies a new engine that arrived on Friday, a 2015 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, 1500/500/20. Future Engine 29, which will replace a 2000 Quality/Spartan MetroStar, 1250/500. Both are new companies at a new station that opened on June 9, 2015.

With this delivery, the Raleigh Fire Department will operate two tillers, and the first in the Carolinas with a pair of front-line units. (Though we're told Charleston has a second tiller on order.) The city's other tiller is Ladder 4 at Station 1, a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT. See this recently updated posting for a history of tillers in Raleigh. Lee Wilson photographed the two trucks in Fayetteville.

See more pictures from Lee of the new Ladder 29 and the new Engine 29.  And check back in a couple weeks, as Lee will surely take proper posed pictures after the trucks have been delivered. Even if his name isn't Shirley.

Lee Wilson photos

Checking around the Carolinas, how many tillers are now in service?

North Carolina:

South Carolina:

Cities that formerly operated tillers (at least in NC and going back to the 1910s) included Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Rocky Mount, Shalotte, Wendell, and Winston-Salem. See this prior posting.

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